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ERDF Bremen 2014 - 2020

Priority Axis 1 – The Innovation Axis

Specific objective 1: Boosting research and innovation capacities in close-to-market research and innovation facilities with reference to the priorities of the RIS

Specific objective 2: Boosting the R&D and innovative capabilities of companies in Bremen

Priority Axis 2 – The SME Axis

Specific objective 3: Boosting the investment activities of SMEs

Specific objective 4: Boosting start-up activities

Priority Axis 3 – The Climate Change Axis

Specific objective 5: Cutting carbon emissions in the commercial sector

Specific objective 6: Cutting carbon emissions in certain urban areas

Priority Axis 4 – The Urban Development Axis

Specific objective 7: Stabilising disadvantaged social areas and their local economies

ERDF Bremen 2007 - 2013

Priority Axis 1: Promoting innovation and knowledge

1.1: Innovative Technologies strand

1.2: Knowledge and Technology Transfer strand

1.3: Corporate Performance and Adaptability strand

Priority Axis 2 Activating Urban and Commercial Areas

2.1: Suburban Centres and Neighbourhood Developement strand

2.2: Developement or Urban Economic Areas with Special Potential strand

2.3: Enhancing the Profile of the Cities of Bremen and Bremerhaven strand

URBAN II 2000 - 2006

Objective-2 2000-2006

Programms 1994 - 1999

ERDF Bremen 2014 - 2020

Priority Axis 1 – The Innovation Axis

Specific objective 1: Boosting research and innovation capacities in close-to-market research and innovation facilities with reference to the priorities of the RIS

Specific objective 2: Boosting the R&D and innovative capabilities of companies in Bremen

Priority Axis 2 – The SME Axis

Specific objective 3: Boosting the investment activities of SMEs

Specific objective 4: Boosting start-up activities

Priority Axis 3 – The Climate Change Axis

Specific objective 5: Cutting carbon emissions in the commercial sector

Specific objective 6: Cutting carbon emissions in certain urban areas

Priority Axis 4 – The Urban Development Axis

Specific objective 7: Stabilising disadvantaged social areas and their local economies

ERDF Bremen 2007 - 2013

Priority Axis 1: Promoting innovation and knowledge

1.1: Innovative Technologies strand

AUF Applied Environmental Research Programme

Greenhouse with algae

The Applied Environmental Research Programme supports innovative scientific projects which help to protect the natural environment and to maintain the quality of life. At the same time, it aims to strengthen research which stimulates a sustainable economic development in the State of Bremen and the surrounding region. MORE

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"CFK-INTEGRAL" Aviation Project

Development of a process chain for the manufacture of highly integral components from carbon-fibre reinforced composites (CRP – German "CFK"), taking a landing flap as an example.
Part of a flap made ​​of CRP

Aircraft construction has traditionally been a key industry in the Bremen region, with around 10,600 employees and an annual turnover of approximately € 0.8 billion. Its outstanding importance for the city derives primarily from the very high proportion of value added by R&D, of around 40 %, and from what has developed into a world-wide radius of activity in the sector. MORE

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Aerial robotic project "go!CART"

In future, aerial robots or unmanned flight systems will be deployed in a variety of automatable air-based observation missions, particularly relating to the fields of the environment and security. Under the go!CART project, the forward-looking subject of aerial robotics is being initiated as a cluster of excellence entitled CART (competitive aerial robot technologies) in the State of Bremen, including players from outside Bremen, with a view to developing the necessary technologies and processes for the economic and safe operation of such systems. MORE

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PFAU -Programme to Support Applied Environmental Technologies (2008 -2013)

IALB

The Programme to Support Applied Environmental Technologies (PFAU) assists collaborative projects involving both companies and scientific institutions to develop, design and test innovative products, processes and services with a positive environmental impact. MORE

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IAB Establishment Panel

Every year, the Institute of Employment Research (IAB) carries out a representative national survey of employers on corporate indicators of investment and innovation activities. As Bremen makes a financial contribution to this survey, it is possible to undertake a Bremen-specific evaluation. The aim is to gather information about the expectations and views of Bremen-based companies on their innovation or investment plans, so that if necessary targeted assistance can reduce deficiencies. MORE

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Bremen Technology Centre, Bre-TeC

Initiation and expansion of BRE-TeC, a Bremen Technology Centre
BreTeCe

The origins of this project, which is extremely significant for Bremen’s technology, aircraft construction and automotive manufacturing sectors, is the increasing pressure worldwide to reduce lead times and costs, especially in aircraft construction and automotive manufacturing. In order to boost the regional competitiveness in this sector, AVIATRONICS (a Bremen-based consortium of small and medium-sized component suppliers) and BIBA, a Bremen-based engineering institute (Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH), as well as part of Airbus Bremen, have joined forces to redesign test and verification facilities in the field of product development at various sites and subsequently to link these up. MORE

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Vacances GmbH and Bremer Pflegedienst GmbH

Team At home in the neighbourhood

These two companies are receiving ERDF assistance in order to collaborate on the model project “At home in the neighbourhood” with academic backing from the Institute of Public Health and Nursing Research (IPP) of Bremen University. Also co-operating on the project are GEWOBA AG and Gesundheit Nord gGmbH. MORE

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membranotec GmbH & Co KG

laboratory for cleaning bio-methane

membranotec is receiving funding from the European Regional Development Fund in order to realise a project entitled “Membra-Met” together with Bremen University. The aim of the project is to find out whether a new type of nanomembrane can be used as part of a commercial cleaning process in small and medium-sized biogas facilities. MORE

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FIELAX GmbH

Shot of the island Helgoland (georeference)

FIELAX Gesellschaft für wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung mbH, a scientific data processing company, is receiving assistance to realise a project with the scientific objective of surveying the spread of algae on the areas of the Wadden Sea around Heligoland and recording any changes in growth over the long term. To this end, pictures will be taken from the air using a sensor in a motorised glider. The light spectra picked up by the sensor subsequently need to be processed by computer in several steps before they can be scientifically evaluated. The project partners are the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and OHBSystem AG. MORE

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Quality assurance in the manufacture of composites as a kick-off project for EcoMat

Netzwork Material Process Testing

The Community project “Quality assurance in composites manufacturing” is being funded as a major precursor to the EcoMat research and technology centre planned for Bremen which will specialise in lightweight construction. The implementation of this R&D project aims to boost Bremen as a base for technology, aerospace and automotive construction in order to enhance regional competitiveness. MORE

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1.2: Knowledge and Technology Transfer strand

Support for the establishment of the Institute for Marine Resources – imare – in Bremerhaven

mussel growth

The state of Bremen already possesses an outstanding range of maritime research capacities. In Bremerhaven, these include in particular the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and Bremerhaven University. In Bremen, there is the Centre for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM) at Bremen University, with the Research Centre Ocean Margins, which is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology and the Centre for Marine Tropical Ecology. The aim is to utilise the existing maritime science capacities by means of intensive co-operation with the broad spectrum of commercial maritime enterprises also located in Bremerhaven and Bremen in a way that benefits the region. A contribution is thus to be made towards improving the economic structures and towards safeguarding and creating jobs. MORE

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Support for the Institute for Marine Resources (imare) – pilot phase

The new Institute for Marine Resources (imare), initially part of Bremerhaven University in the pilot phase, is intended to develop technological applications from basic research and to work with regional companies to turn them into products in co-operation with scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and Bremerhaven University. MORE

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Promoting the CWMT

Center for Wind Energy and Maritime Engineering

The Center for Wind Energy and Maritime Engineering (CWMT) is aiming to further expand the State of Bremen and Bremerhaven in particular as a German centre of excellence for rotor blades and maritime technology. The core focus of the CWMT is to be on research, development and testing of rotor blades. The work is to include the use of computer simulation and experimental processes on materials, wings, construction methods and verification of technical reliability. The ERDF programme is assisting the CWMT’s 2nd building phase. This consists of a second testing shed for the rotor blade centre of excellence and a new building for offices, workshops and laboratories. MORE

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DLR - Institute of Aerospace Systems of the German Aerospace Centre in Bremen

Space flight is of great economic and strategic importance for Bremen – as indeed it is for Germany and Europe. In addition to the public-sector funding for space flight from the Federal Government, the European Union (EU) and the European Space Agency (ESA), the commercial space flight market is also of substantial importance: jobs are created not just in the space flight industry, but also in the related markets which are based on space flight technology and the applications made possible by it, or on findings from space flight research. MORE

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Innovation cluster "Multifunctional materials and technologies" (MultiMat)

material example

The establishment of the innovation cluster "Multifunctional materials and technologies" (MultiMat) aims to create a network between companies in the region and materials science establishments in which new materials are to be processed on a cross-sectoral basis. The research and development work being done by the innovation cluster is primarily focused on technologies in the aerospace, automotive, wind energy, shipbuilding and marine sectors. Since it is an open network, additional sectors can be included. MORE

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Environment businesses initiative (iuu)

The "environment businesses initiative" (iuu) – infrastructure to support the environmental industry and to foster corporate ecological efficiency – is intended to put in place an overarching infrastructure for sustainable business activity in the State of Bremen. The merging and further development of the existing tried and trusted components "partnership environment businesses" (puu) (assisted under the 2000 – 2006 Objective 2 Programme) and "Focus on corporate ecological efficiency advice" (BÖE), and of the new priority of supporting the environmental industry, is intended to strengthen the regional structures of the environmental industry and of environmental research in terms of co-operation, networking, innovative capacities and market access. MORE

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Workshop on "Computer science in commerce: utilising the potential of women"

Elizabeth Pollitzer

The "European Gender & ICT Conference" was held at Bremen University from 5 to 7 March 2009. The symposium aimed not least to discuss the preconditions for better opportunities for women to access training, research and production in the field of information and communication technologies. Multipliers from technology, technology development, media, computer science and the natural sciences were to be informed about the latest developments in international studies and activities. MORE

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Bremerhaven’s Maritime Research and Development Mile

boat exercise

The relocation of bremenports to the new Atlantic City Hotel in Bremerhaven has freed up areas around the northern fisheries port and the merchant port. A new utilisation concept has been developed for these areas, involving the establishment of a Research and Development Mile (R&D Mile) focused on maritime subjects. To this end, the old bremenports site is to be transformed into a technology and start-up centre. In addition to office, laboratory and workshop facilities, a research pier is to be built at which research vessels can directly dock and load and unload supplies. Tenants of the new “R&D Mile” technology and start-up centre are to include the new Institute for Marine Resources (IMARE) and commerce-related working groups of the Alfred Wegener Institute. MORE

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IWES - Promotion of the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology IWES in Bremerhaven

new building

The expansion of the Fraunhofer Centre for Wind Energy and Maritime Technology into a Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES) in Bremerhaven is being assisted under the ERDF programme. MORE

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BRIG - Assistance for the Bremerhavener Innovations- und Gründerzentrums (BRIG) GmbH

logo Brig

The aim of the Bremerhavener Innovations- und Gründerzentrum (Bremerhaven Innovation and Start-up Centre, BRIG) is to improve the start-up conditions for innovative small and medium-sized companies which receive organisational, commercial and technical support here whilst they are building up their business. The BRIG also regards itself as an information and technology exchange for the companies based there and for the region, and as a moderator in the processes of innovation. MORE

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MeVis Research GmbH - Integration of MeVis Research GmbH into the Fraunhofer Society

One of the high-growth sectors of the 21st century, the healthcare industry is a field of innovation in Bremen’s scientific and economic policy. In this context, medical technology is a core field of innovation in the healthcare system: it is a forward-looking sector in which Germany is still one of the world’s leading competitors. In particular, the world is seeing a massive increase in the use of computers in image-based medical diagnostics and therapy. MORE

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German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

Support for a research and administration building for the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Bremen
Underwater robots

The DFKI needs more space so that it can work closely together with companies, especially on developing, testing and optimising components for maritime technology like autonomous underwater vessels. In particular, the extra space for the DFKI should foster close co-operation with companies at the interfaces to developments and applications in space flight and maritime technology. MORE

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Extension to the Bremerhaven Institute for Food Technology and Bioprocess Technology (BILB)

The Bremerhaven Institute for Food Technology and Bioprocess Technology (BILB) is being extended and is acquiring the very latest scientific and technical equipment. MORE

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Package of measures to develop the EcoMaT technology centre

 Design for the new building

In the period up to 2016, the EcoMaT technology centre (Centre for eco-efficient Materials & Technologies) will be built in the Airport City as a central project in the context of the cluster strategy. In co-operation with Airbus, EcoMaT is to provide a central, cross-cluster perspective for Bremen-based companies and research establishments for the field of materials and lightweight construction, to the benefit of the aerospace sector in particular. MORE

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1.3: Corporate Performance and Adaptability strand

Future in Work (ZiB) – Careers co-ordination and advice office for women

event

The ZiB is run by the Arbeitsförderungs-Zentrum im Lande Bremen GmbH, the State of Bremen’s employment promotion centre, as a neighbourhood careers advisory service for women in Bremerhaven. Since it is an institution to promote women, its advice on careers orientation and further education and training, its advice on setting up in business, its advice for migrant women and its advice on the realisation of part-time training courses is aimed at women in all sorts of situations, both with and without a migratory background. The range of services comprises individual advice sessions, coaching, group advisory sessions and informative events. The general aim is to integrate women into the world of work by improving access to the labour market, to the vocational training market and to the capital market. MORE

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Women in Work and Commerce

group

The Women in Work and Commerce project offers advice to women both in and out of work, both with and without a migratory background, on questions of career orientation, career planning, further education and training, and setting up in business. The target groups include women of various age-groups and from various cultures. MORE

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Project on integrating work and family life

excellent companies

The project aims to improve the employability of people in work by helping companies to organise themselves in a way which enables people to reconcile work and family life better. The service is aimed at small and medium-sized firms and at all employees with family commitments. The project is being run in co-operation with the Bremen Employees Chamber, the Central Agency for the Achievement of Equal Rights for Women and the Evangelical Church in Bremen. MORE

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"BRUT" - programme of the State of Bremen

Assistance for new start-ups by university graduates and young professionals
BRUT overview

The assistance available for new start-ups by university graduates and young professionals under the "BRUT" programme of the State of Bremen is being continued in the context of the ERDF programme until the end of 2014. MORE

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Health and Safety at Work Initiative

The State of Bremen’s Health and Safety at Work Initiative is intended to launch collaborative projects which can provide a high-grade contribution from Bremen to Germany’s overall strategy on health and safety at work. It is intended to develop examples of approaches which prove their worth in practice in companies and can therefore be included in the regular activities of the regional players (labour inspectorate, accident insurance funds, health insurance funds, etc.), with a view to supporting the establishment of independent health and safety at work systems in the region’s companies, and in small and medium-sized firms in particular. MORE

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Promotion of investment to adapt labour-market measures to advances in technology

The use of modern technical equipment (e.g. hardware and software) in training measures means that new approaches can be taken to teaching course content and also fosters training on the sort of modern office equipment which is increasingly used in day-to-day life and which people often need to be able to use if they are to get a job. MORE

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Priority Axis 2 Activating Urban and Commercial Areas

2.1: Suburban Centres and Neighbourhood Developement strand

Reconstruction of Wartburgstrasse

construction work

Wartburgstrasse is part of the Waller Heerstrasse upgrade area. The aim of the reconstruction work in Wartburgstrasse is to make the road a more pleasant place to spend time in and safer to travel along. Wartburgstrasse is one of the main routes through Walle and borders Wartburgplatz, a square on which a market is held three days a week. MORE

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Robinsbalje Neighbourhood Education Centre

new building

The neighbourhood education centre is a network based around Robinsbalje elementary school and Robinsbalje childcare centre which aims to improve the educational opportunities for children, young people and their parents via an enhanced leisure and advisory service for children and families. MORE

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Bremen-Marssel Neighbourhood Centre

new building

The Sports Centre of Sportgemeinschaft (SG) Marssel e. V. is to be expanded into a movement-oriented and health-oriented neighbourhood centre. In recent years, the work done by the SG Marssel sports club and the range of sports it offers have done much to stabilise the social structure and to integrate incomers. The expansion of sports and leisure activities provided by the schools means that the facilities used by the club are fully booked up, so that capacity constraints are preventing the club from providing additional services. This particularly affects services for children, adolescents, women and mothers. MORE

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Neustadt neighbourhood initiative

Map

The funding for neighbourhood initiatives makes a structural contribution towards strengthening the local economy, boosting economic output, and enhancing internal cohesion in the individual neighbourhoods. The aim is to improve the economic and social situation in the neighbourhoods. MORE

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Gröpelingen neighbourhood initiative: Gröpelinger Marketing e.V. and Kultur vor Ort e.V.

Weserwege 2010

Gröpelingen’s neighbourhood initiative consists of two partners: Gröpelinger Marketing e.V. and Kultur vor Ort e.V. Both of these associations receive ERDF funding and work closely together. MORE

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Suburb marketing for Hemelingen (2009 - 2012)

trade show

The main focus of the work to market the Hemelingen district is support for the local economy and better networking of the five subdistricts of Hastedt, Sebaldsbrück, Hemelingen, Mahndorf and Arbergen. MORE

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Promoting the neighbourhood initiatives

The promotion of neighbourhood initiatives is a structural policy intended to strengthen local commerce, to boost the economic output and to reinforce the inner cohesion of the various neighbourhoods. The aim is to improve the economic and social situation in the neighbourhoods. MORE

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Upgrading of the Leherheide district centre

new libary

Leherheide-West is one of the socially disadvantaged parts of Bremerhaven, with an above-average level of unemployed people and migrants. The suburb is also disproportionately hard-hit by shrinkage. Without intervention, it is likely that the centre of the district will become a total wasteland within a few years. The consequence would be the loss of numerous jobs close to where people live. Leherheide-West is already having problems, and the loss of a functioning centre would mean a substantial decline in standards of living and residential quality. MORE

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Revitalisation of “Alte Bürger” in Bremerhaven – opening of a neighbourhood office

citizens' advice bureau

The street “Alte Bürger” in Bremerhaven is in the Mitte district, bordering the district of Lehe. Not least thanks to its historic architecture, “Alte Bürger” developed into an area for pubs and restaurants in the 1980s. In the vicinity there are many small streets with small apartment blocks, historic residential buildings, cafés, retail outlets, areas of greenery, cultural facilities, and much more. MORE

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A place for environment – education – encounters (Bremerhaven)

An environmental education project is being realised in the light of the increasing public awareness of questions of nature, biodiversity, climate change and energy: the “Dohrmann Villa” in the Wulsdorf district is being rebuilt and extended to serve as “a place for environment – education – encounters”. This will be an education, information and services centre for biodiversity, sustainable lifestyles and renewable energy. MORE

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Gröpelingen neighbourhood education centre

Primary school on the road Fischerhuder

The elementary school on Fischerhuder Strasse is to be expanded to become an all-day school with a neighbourhood education centre. It will also have a canteen. With this in mind, the old building is being modernised and having an extension built on. The neighbourhood education centre will be located on the upper floor of the new building and will be able to use both the canteen and the kitchen outside school hours. MORE

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Neighbourhood management in Geestemünde

The central area of Geestemünde suffers from a high volume of traffic, an increasing number of cheap outlets, and ugly shop fronts and shop window displays. As a result, there is a lot of vacant property along the streets. Some buildings are in danger of becoming dilapidated. Furthermore, Geestemünde has virtually no cultural or leisure services. These problems make Geestemünde a less attractive place to live. MORE

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Blumenthal development concept – Bremer Wollkämmerei Masterplan

Plan Bremer Wollkaemmerei

Bremen’s wool combing company in Bremen-Blumenthal, Bremer Wollkämmerei, was closed in early 2009. The resulting decline in industrial jobs went hand in hand with a loss of important services and functions in the centre of Blumenthal, with structural change in the retail sector, a shift in preferences and increased mobility of the residential population. MORE

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Real estate management in the old centre of Blumenthal

marketplace Blumenthal

The centre of the Blumenthal district is to be made more attractive again in future. Bremen’s ERDF fund is providing €60,000 for the position of a real estate manager. The job will involve upgrading the town centre by renovating buildings and elaborating a concept for the district MORE

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Dialogue-oriented expert planning procedure for the centre of Osterholz (the “Swiss district”)

street sign

In the “Swiss district” in Osterholz, the local tram system is to cease using the end-of-line tram loop. This area is located right in the centre of the district, and is to be used for measures to strengthen the district like services or a weekly market. MORE

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Experiencing nature in Leherheide

The district of Leherheide consists of three places: Königsheide, Fehrmoor and Leherheide-West. Leherheide-West in particular has an above-average number of people on welfare benefits, an increasing amount of vacant property, both residential and commercial, and serious local concerns about security. MORE

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Geestemünde goes to the water

ERDF funding to realise the leisure space concept

The leisure space concept “Geestemünde goes to the water” marks an important milestone on the way to implementing the urban redevelopment strategy in Geestemünde. The aim is to shift the focus back towards Geestemünde’s location directly on the waterfront, with a view to making the district more attractive. The implementation of the concept drawn up by the offices for urban planning, environmental protection and horticulture will open up the district towards the Yacht Harbour and the main canal. MORE

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“WIEGE”- reconstruction of the market garden at the former Blockland youth detention centre

Greenhouse

More than six years ago, the prison at Blockland was closed down, and the youth detention responsibilities were taken over by Oslebshausen prison. The facility, which was built in 1966, is now to be used in the interest of Gröpelingen district. As part of the project entitled “WIEGE”, some of the dilapidated buildings and areas of the former prison are to be returned to agricultural and horticultural use in order to offer training and employment projects for offenders. MORE

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Expansion of the construction work at the Bremer Wollkämmerei trading estate

Historic axis

The Bremer Wollkämmerei (a wool combing company) was delisted after 119 years on the stock exchange in 2007. At the beginning of 2009, this major employer closed down the factory, which dated from the 19th century, in the centre of Blumenthal in response to the effects of global structural change. MORE

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Hemelingen – marketing a district for the future

Setting up a marketing concept for Bremen-Hemelingen in 2013
Hemelingen – marketing a district for the future

Much has happened in Bremen’s Hemelingen district in recent years. Backed by the ERDF funding programme, a marketing campaign has been established, focusing on the development of the district and its five sub-districts. The retail sector in particular has benefited from this in recent years. MORE

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Construction work for labour-market schemes – modernisation and conversion of buildings

Improved standards and changing rules governing workshops to promote training and employment mean that the workshops, classrooms and training facilities used by local providers need to be modernised or converted. This measure also aims to open up the facilities to other groups of users in order to back the inclusive approach of district development. MORE

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Bringing life back to the wasteland at Blockland

New user concept for the former youth detention centre at Blockland

In contrast to modern prisons, Oslebshausen prison, which was in uninterrupted use from 1871, has close links with the district. Firstly, the detention centre is located right next to a residential area, and secondly many former offenders decide to settle in Gröpelingen and other relatively deprived areas in the vicinity. This creates particular challenges for the district in terms of the occupational and social reintegration of former offenders. MORE

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Conversion of the pavilion in St.-Gotthard-Strasse

Pavilion summer 2013

The extension to tram line 1 made it possible to close and remove the tram turning loop in St.-Gotthard-Strasse, Bremen-Osterholz. This has created a square in the centre of Osterholz which in future is to function as the neighbourhood centre for Osterholz/“Swiss quarter”. MORE

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2.2: Developement or Urban Economic Areas with Special Potential strand

Redevelopment of the upper section of Schlachte

 upper section of Schlachte

The key project of the coming years for the development of Bremen’s inner city is the realisation of the Stephani media area. Now that Radio Bremen and the Volkshochschule (adult education facility) have come to the area, with the various resultant private-sector building and conversion projects, there is a unique opportunity to put in place the type of improvement in the entire neighbourhood which has long been desired in terms of urban development policy, based on the concept of a media area with a mixture of services (especially media-related services), retailing, catering, educational and cultural facilities, and residential property. MORE

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Offshore wind power development project in Bremerhaven

Aerial view Luneort

The development of the southern fisheries port / Luneort into an offshore wind power centre necessitates developmental measures and the provision of specific infrastructure at Labrador Port. The 2007 – 2013 ERDF programme is assisting the construction of two pier plates suitable for heavy loads. These will enable unimpeded access to Labrador Port, so that all the market players can handle the offshore components developed and produced in the southern fisheries port. This measure is a precondition for the establishment of Luneort as a manufacturing base for the offshore wind power sector. MORE

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Offshore wind power development project in Bremerhaven: 2nd construction phase

By expanding wind power and attracting manufacturing companies from the renewable energy sector, the State of Bremen is pursuing long-term and sustainable economic structure and climate policy strategies. MORE

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Technology Neighbourhood Development Programme

Technology Park

The development programme is intended to help make the Technology Park at Bremen University an internationally competitive, attractive and lively neighbourhood in the city. The development programme is based on a comprehensive analysis of the current developmental problems and, with the planned business park management, the profiling of key investment focuses, the placing of marketing activities on a permanent basis and other measures, it contains a package of actions to attain this goal. MORE

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Überseestadt area of potential

Überseestadt aerial

Three ERDF projects have so far been specified for the Überseestadt area of potential as designated in the ERDF programme. The central objective of the measures is to add to and strengthen the development points which exist at different places in the area by building suitable and sophisticated infrastructure and high-quality public spaces. In particular, the priority should be on realising short, attractive connecting routes between the various areas of commercial activity. This will enhance the area, with a view to attracting more companies from innovative sectors like the creative industry. MORE

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Renovation of the former Bremerhaven Maritime Board of Inquiry

Maritime Board of Inquiry

The former Bremerhaven Maritime Board of Inquiry can be found in a central location in the entrance area of the Havenwelten tourism facility, next to the German Emigration Centre and the Klimahaus 8° Ost. The former Maritime Board of Inquiry is one of the few historic buildings which still recall the city’s history as a port of emigration, and is a valuable building in both architectural and historic terms. MORE

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Überseestadt Marketing Association

Überseestadt

Überseestadt is increasingly developing services in the field of culture, leisure, entertainment and tourism. The Überseestadt Marketing Association was founded on 23 February. The association consists of the business people in Überseestadt, along with the BTZ (Bremen Central Tourism Office) and the WFB (Bremen Economic Development). The association aims to pool the existing strengths in order to promote the image and raise awareness of Überseestadt via joint activities, thereby attracting attention from beyond the region. The Bremen Central Tourism Office has been given the task of running the office which will implement the joint marketing, gain further members and organise events. The ERDF assistance provides start-up funding for the first five years; the association is to be self-supporting from 2015. MORE

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Expansion of the German Emigration Center in Bremerhaven

extension

The German Emigration Center is to have a two-storey annex linked to the existing building via a glass bridge. The ground-breaking ceremony was on 15 April 2011, and the building is to be completed in Spring 2012. The costs of the new building, totalling approx. €4.5 million, will be partly funded by the ERDF. MORE

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Havenwelten SAIL Summer 2011

Havenwelten SAIL Summer 2011

A fleet of windjammers, open-air concerts, live acrobatics and an antiques market: tourists and locals will find a summer full of attractions in Bremerhaven this year. The reason for this is the holding of the first “Havenwelten SAIL Summer 2011”, a new series of events on the site around the New Port which is being partly funded by the ERDF. The event is intended to market the popular Havenwelten tourist attraction, which includes the German Emigration Center and Klimahaus Bremerhaven 8° Ost, as an ensemble and as a symbol of the city. MORE

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Media area in the Stephani district

Stephani district

Following the relocation of Radio Bremen and the adult education institute to the Stephani district in 2007, the district’s media area is to develop further. In future, more companies from the creative and media sectors are to be attracted to set up there, so close to the city centre and Schlachte, and are to give the neighbourhood a distinctive profile. MORE

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Havenwelten Sail Summer 2012 – 2014

Sail 2012

Following the success of “Havenwelten SAIL Summer 2011”, the “Havenwelten Summer” series is to be continued with a total of six separate events each year, to raise awareness beyond the region of the “Havenwelten Bremerhaven” tourist area and thus also of the commercial potential of Bremerhaven. MORE

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Expansion of the Sea Zoo in Bremerhaven

Sea Zoo

The North Sea Aquarium was opened in 1913, becoming the nucleus of today’s Sea Zoo. In 1928, the North Sea Aquarium was extended to include a small external site, the Animal Grottoes, housing mammals and birds. However, the aquarium remained at the heart of the zoo, which was renamed Zoo am Meer (Sea Zoo) in 1984. The zoo was modernised between 2001 and 2004 – not least with ERDF funding. The new concept abandoned the continuation of the aquarium. MORE

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Universum Bremen – sustainable exhibition and financing concept

The scientific experience museum “Universum Bremen” has become one of the city’s key features. In the context of Expo 2000 in Germany, the first part of the facility, the Science Center (Wal), was opened as a purely private-sector establishment. Over the last few years, more than 100,000 people a year have visited the 4000m² permanent exhibition, which covers the topics “Expedition Mankind”, “Expedition Earth” and “Expedition Cosmos”. In 2007, the Universum® was extended to include the “DiscovererPark” outside area and the cube-shaped “SchauBox”. Declining visitor numbers are making it necessary to rethink the concept, and this is going hand in hand with alterations to the buildings. MORE

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Integrating the R&D Mile into the district of Geestemünde

Rehabilitation of the quays and improvement of parts of the riverbank promenade at the Handelshafen port

The project “Integrating the R&D Mile into the district of Geestemünde - rehabilitation of the quays and improvement of parts of the riverbank promenade at the Handelshafen port” forms a further jigsaw piece in the concept of the R&D mile and the linking of the district of Geestemünde to the river Weser. MORE

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Offshore information centre

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Karlsburg Campus

A campus around Karlsburg street will link the university with the city centre.
Street sign

Bremerhaven’s university is to be linked up better to the city centre and the pedestrian zone. To this end, Karlsburg street is to become a traffic-free zone with the feeling of a campus. MORE

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Redesign of Fangturm square

Place in fall 2013

The square known as Fangturm is located right next to the area of Obere Schlachte in Bremen’s Stephani district. The Stephani district is generally regarded as a centre for the media industry. The square, which is used for a car park and a weekly market, is now also to be redesigned in line with the appearance of Obere Schlachte. This measure will create an attractive pathway both straight along the Schlachte as a link between the city centre, Stephani and Überseestadt, and also across, between the River Weser and the nearer Stephani district/Brill. MORE

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2.3: Enhancing the Profile of the Cities of Bremen and Bremerhaven strand

Returning Hemelingen Lake to something like a natural state

renaturation of the shore

The aim of this project is to strengthen the Weser’s ecosystem in terms of its functionality as a natural space and a recreational amenity in the Bremen-Hemelingen neighbourhood. MORE

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Promotion of the science themes period

Following on from their recognition as a city of science in 2005, Bremen and Bremerhaven have been participating since 2007 in the Year of Sciences set up by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, a campaign which focuses each year on a specific scientific discipline. MORE

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Path in Werderland

Walk in Werderland

The new combined cyclepath and footpath between Dunger See and Moorlosenkirche will provide an attractive link between the banks of the river Weser and its tributary the Lesum. The link-ups to Deichstrasse mean that for the first time cyclists will enjoy an easy all-weather tour in Werderland. Those on foot will have a shorter circular route to walk around. The new routes will relieve the burden on the sensitive areas at the heart of Werderland. Thanks to the Moorlosenkirche ferry landing stage, the new route can also be reached by water. MORE

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Returning the Weser riverbank at Rablinghausen to its natural state

ferry on the banks

As a highly managed tidal river, the banks of the Weser have repeatedly been given increasingly strong reinforcements since around 1885. The high degree of canalisation and the continuous riverbank reinforcements make an especially great contrast to the Weser Riverbank Park, which extends from the river in the project area on the landward side; in fact, its size and the bushes and trees – typical of a riverside meadow – create the impression of a riverside landscape. Yet the Park lacks access to the river itself. MORE

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"Wissenswerte" Bremen Forum for Science Journalism 2008 – 2010

Wissenswerte 2010, Source

At this event, discussions, lectures and workshops focus on occupational issues, science policy issues, further training courses and questions of how to communicate science. Top researchers explain research trends and technical visions of the future. MORE

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Integrated management plan for the Weser estuary and the Unterweser

Weser estuary

An integrated management plan for the Weser estuary, the Unterweser and the Lesum is to be drawn up in an intensive participatory process involving all major user groups. The plan is to form a basis for sustainable river area management and a balancing of the various interests. MORE

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Establishment of a fund to attract and hold academic congresses

The State of Bremen’s university and higher-education institutions do not have facilities of their own which are suitable for major academic congresses and conventions (with an international impact). The newly established fund is intended to enable these institutions in the State of Bremen to hold academic congresses in the existing trade-fair and congress facilities and thus to utilise those facilities which are suitable for certain events. However, the fund is not restricted to congresses and conventions of the university and the higher-education institutions, but is also available for the research institutes and other organisers of academic events. MORE

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Promoting the "Wissenswelten" (knowledge worlds) campaign

Logo

The knowledge worlds include the German Emigration Center, the German Shipping Museum and the Sea Zoo in Bremerhaven as well as the Universum and the Overseas Museum in Bremen. The joint marketing and presentation of the various institutions aims to attract more visitors and strengthen Bremen as a centre for science. The campaign includes a roadshow and a mobile display, which for example is presented at shopping centres or at the ITB International Tourism Fair in Berlin. Bremen is aiming to present itself as a knowledge-based city which is finding new ways to promote an understanding of science in a generally comprehensible and accessible manner, and which is thus attractive for companies and employees in the spheres of high technology and research. MORE

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Support for events to promote scientific communication in the Botanika

The Botanika is to be developed into a botanical environmental education and event centre. The aim is to communicate and explain science in the fields of biology, botany and ecology. The events planned to take place from 2011 are firstly designed to help people acquire basic scientific experience and skills, and secondly to transfer this knowledge to the various fields of commercial application in order to highlight the significance of botany and ecology for social and economic interrelationships. In this context, special attention is given to an intensive networking between school students, undergraduates, scientists and companies, in order to pinpoint career prospects and to give companies direct access to research findings and young talent. MORE

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Returning the Weser riverbank at Fuldahafen/Hemelingen Lake to its natural state

The project consists of the following two components:
sandbanks

Design of a quasi-natural Sandbank: The section of the riverbank between the Hemelingen sports harbour and the Fuldahafen port, which is currently shored up by packed rocks, is to be remodelled as a quasi-natural sandbank. Along a stretch of approx. 60m, the rocks will be lowered to below the average waterline and the soil removed, creating an enlarged water area by a level sandbank. The aim is to make the riverbank area more attractive and to make the experience of the River Weser more immediate in this area. The building of the quasi-natural sandbank will create a new leisure area by the River Weser close to the city. MORE

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Boatbuilding Showcase – boatbuilding educational trail

The Boatbuilding Showcase opened in May 2009. Experiencing and watching boatbuilding and shipbuilding at Bremer Bootsbau Vegesack (BBV) forms the heart of this new tourist attraction. It gives the visitors an insight into the history of boatbuilding, and they can experience live boatbuilding in the current boatbuilding projects. MORE

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Rehabilitating the River Weser bathing area in Bremerhaven

Weser beach

Since the Old/New Port area has been developed for tourism purposes into the “Havenwelten” site, the River Weser bathing area right on the riverside is growing in popularity – students of Bremerhaven University and employees of the Alfred Wegener Institute are also making more and more use of the facility. As a result, the number of visitors has risen from 5,000 to more than 10,000 a year in the course of time. MORE

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Park on Weserwehr

image park

Following the completion of the construction work at the Weser power station, the sports ground used to serve the construction site is not going to resume its previous use. This means that the total area of 7,000 m² can be returned to a natural state. MORE

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Ecological development of the Weser beach riverbank

weserbeach

Compared to Bremen, Bremerhaven has far fewer stretches of riverbank which are suited to development under the “Lebensader Weser” (Weser lifeline) programme. The riverbank at the Weser beach in Bremerhaven does however meet the requirements of the programme, and the aim is now to return the riverbank and the flooding areas to their natural state, to open them carefully up to leisure use, and to manage the river area in a sustainable manner. MORE

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Integrated maintenance and management planning for the Luneplate

Luneplate Spring 2013

Managing a large area as a whole and planning its use can cut costs and expand the horizon for new ideas. For this reason, an overall concept for the Luneplate in Bremerhaven is to be elaborated in future. The Bremen ERDF fund is providing nearly €56,000 towards the development of an integrated maintenance and management plan. MORE

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Identity and image analysis for Bremen 2012

Together with the Chair of innovative Brand Management at Bremen University, WFB Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen GmbH is engaged in a research project studying the identity and image of the State of Bremen and its two cities, Bremen and Bremerhaven. The study is following the trends and markets to see whether the measures taken since 2007 have helped to make the two cities more attractive. MORE

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Information system for the Valentin Bunker Memorial

The Valentin Bunker was one of the largest armaments projects of Nazi Germany. Between 1943 and 1945, thousands of forced labourers from all over Europe worked on its construction. This means that the Valentin Bunker is probably the most significant place in Bremen at which the Nazi tyranny can be most immediately felt. In 2010, the Senate decided to make the site into a memorial. Over several years, the ruins of the Valentin Bunker will be transformed into a place for reflection called “Denkort Bunker Valentin” as part of a scientifically based memorial concept. MORE

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Promotion of bicycle tourism – new pathways for the state of Bremen

The “State of Bremen Tourism Concept 2015” regards bicycle tourism as an important market segment which still offers a lot of unutilised potential. The significance of the bicycle as a mode of transport for tourists and for inner-city journeys is growing from year to year. The increasing use of e-bikes and pedelecs has further expanded the target group for bicycle tourism services and general cycling. MORE

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GTM 2014 – Germany Travel Mart

The State of Bremen is to host the Germany Travel Mart (GTM) on 12 and 13 May 2014. The GTM is the most important German trade fair and event for international purchasers of travel products. The cities of Bremen and Bremerhaven will hold the event under the joint marketing label “Two cities – one state”, which has existed since 1998. The focus will be on the Wissenswelten (worlds of knowledge) in the State of Bremen, the Havenwelten in Bremerhaven, the trade fair and congress site, the city centre and the Überseestadt district with all their potential for tourism. At the Wissenswelten there will be tours, presentations, events and workshops for the international travel companies. MORE

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European Maritime Day

European Maritime Day

European Maritime Day (EMD) is the leading maritime event in Europe and brings together different maritime stakeholders from all around Europe each year. This includes members of the European Commission and high-level representatives of the member states and the European regions, the maritime economy, business associations and other stakeholders. MORE

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URBAN II 2000 - 2006

t.i.m.e. Port Bremerhaven - Technology Park flagship project

t.i.m.e port

Even though Bremerhaven’s port – one of Europe’s largest centres handling containers and cars – is of world-wide significance, the area has experienced repeated deep economic crises in recent decades due to an excessively maritime-oriented economic structure; these crises have particularly affected deep-sea fishing, fish processing and the shipbuilding industries, with their upstream and downstream industries, and have resulted in a dramatic loss of jobs. MORE

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Redesign of Ernst-Reuter-Platz

Ernst-Reuter-Platz

The URBAN II EU Community Initiative for the assisted area in the maritime city of Bremerhaven, centred on the suburb of Lehe, has three programme priorities: MORE

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Work for Women

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The "Work for Women" project aims to open up new career prospects and to place women currently living on social security (e.g. single mothers, immigrants, young adults without vocational qualifications, etc.) in regular jobs earning more than a minimal wage. The training and integration service is close to where the target group lives, whilst having a strong regional aspect. Account is taken of the specific circumstances in which the women live, e.g. via the offer of targeted support in the form of childcare facilities for single mothers, German booster courses for immigrants, teaching hours and internships which fit in with the needs of women and families, help with job interviews in companies (which should be located close to where the women live), and the testing of various working hour models. MORE

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Objective-2 2000-2006

The Boatbuilding Showcase

Boatbuilders at work – to be experienced from 2009 in Bremen-Vegesack. Bremer Bootsbau Vegesack gGmbH (BBV) is located on the site of the former Bremer Vulkan shipyard. It offers training to the unemployed in boatbuilding, carpentry, design and administration. MORE

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Columbus Station

Modernisation of the Columbus Station cruiseport
Columbus station

Bremerhaven was founded as Bremen’s port in 1827. More than 7 million people emigrated to North America via Bremerhaven in the 19th century. Germany’s first cruise ship departed from Bremerhaven in 1890. The first passenger ship to dock at the newly constructed Columbus wharf was the steamship "Columbus" of Norddeutscher Lloyd in 1926. MORE

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Bremen Region Green Ring

Cycling Route

The Bremen Region Green Ring project is a joint project by the City of Bremen and the surrounding area of Lower Saxony (6 rural districts, 23 towns and municipalities) to promote soft tourism in the region. The Green Ring project is a leading project of the regional development concept of the Bremen/Lower Saxony Regional Working Group. The project aims to link city tourism in Bremen with the cultural, rural tourism of the neighbouring area of Lower Saxony. The Green Ring is also a key project of "Nordlichter-Weserland", which was selected as a model region in March 2002 in the nation-wide competition "Active regions – the country shapes the future". Bremen’s city-border route forms an element of the green area and leisure concept of the city’s urban development concept. MORE

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Studies and pilot projects: Bremen Design Cycle / Creative Industries

The 2000-2006 Objective 2 Programme funded the projects “Bremen Design Cycle” and “Creative Industries in Bremen” as part of its support for studies and pilot projects. MORE

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Study and pilot projects: Gröpelingen DVD

A DVD was produced at the end of the neighbourhood improvement scheme (2005/2006) and the “Nebenzentren” immediate action programme (2004/2005), and also for the URBAN I EU programme (2001), highlighting the possibilities and limitations of urban development, taking selected case studies from Gröpelingen as examples. MORE

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Airport New Business Centre

Support for new start-ups in the fields of information and communication technology and aerospace
Gründerzentrum Airport

Since March 2002, the Airport New Business Centre (GZA) has been offering office space and comprehensive business support to people starting up in business in the fields of information and communication technology and aerospace. The Centre is located next to Bremen’s University of Applied Sciences, scientific institutes and other innovative companies in the Airport City commercial park. It contains around 1,600 m2 of lettable office space (subdivided into units, mostly of 30 m2 each) for young companies. MORE

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PHOENIX - Development of a space transport demonstrator

PHOENIX

Unhindered and independent access to space is of fundamental significance for the European space industry. In the long term, such access will only be ensured if Europe always has recourse to modern and efficient space transport systems – like the present Ariane system, major parts of which are manufactured in Bremen. In order to remain permanently competitive and even to gain a larger share of what in the long term will be a generally expanding market, it is vital to keep cutting costs. In this context, it is believed essential to move away from the currently predominant method of single-use launcher systems, with direct destruction following operational use. Reusable space transport systems like today’s space shuttle are estimated to be able to save 75 % of the costs compared with the launchers currently in use, and will therefore play a leading role in the long term. MORE

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InnoWi GmbH

Society for the exploitation of scientific expertise
InnoWi

InnoWi GmbH, a company based in the Airport New Business Centre, was founded in February 2001 by Bremer Investitions-Gesellschaft mbH (BIG) and the higher education institutes in the state of Bremen in order to systematically exploit scientific findings for commercial purposes. It acts as a neutral mediator between academia and commerce, and assists the future partners beyond the establishment of the initial contact through to the drawing up of the contract. MORE

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Redesign of Konrad-Adenauer-Platz

Konrad-Adenauer-Platz

One priority of the Objective 2 programme is "problem urban areas". The suburb of Hemelingen in Bremen and the suburb of Geestendorf in Bremerhaven were selected for this. The intention of the priority is to provide comprehensive assistance to the selected areas, similar to the URBAN Community Initiative, i.e. support is available not only for traditional infrastructure, but also for projects of an integrational nature. The central project in Geestendorf is the redesign of Konrad-Adenauer-Platz and its surroundings. MORE

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Biotechnology Centre

Establishment of a trade, new business and development centre for biotechnology applications in the food industry
building BioNord

The idea of a biotechnology centre, i.e. a sectoral and thematic business centre for innovative companies from the fields of biotechnology and the food supplies industry, was developed jointly by Fischereihafen-Betriebs- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (FBEG, now FBG), the Technology Transfer Centre (TTZ) at Bremerhaven University and the Economics Section of the Senate. All the studies and market research supported the concept. MORE

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Design Labor - Business promotion by design

Design Labor

Founded in 1990 at the initiative of the Senator for Economics, DesignLabor Bremerhaven became part of Bremer Design GmbH in 1994, which has been a subsidiary of Bremer Investitionsgesellschaft mbH since August 2002. MORE

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Design Zentrum Bremen - Business promotion by design

Designzentrum

The Bremen Design Centre was founded in 1990 at the initiative of the Senator for Economics as an instrument of regional economic support. In 1995, Bremer Design GmbH was established with responsibility for the management of the Bremen Design Centre and DesignLabor Bremerhaven. Since August 2002, Bremer Design GmbH has been a subsidiary of Bremer Investitionsgesellschaft mbH, and its task is to promote design within the context of the economic assistance and regional development of the state of Bremen. MORE

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Co-ordination and Advice Centre for Women and Work, ZIB

ZiB - Career Futures - Transferring know-how for women

Approximately 18 % of the overall funding of Bremen’s Objective 2 programme is used to support investment in labour-market-policy measures and in particular to achieve close co-ordination between economic policy and labour-market policy with respect to support for new start-ups. At the same time, following the gender mainstreaming approach, there is a focus on new business start-ups by women. MORE

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"Mobile" family centre

family centre

In the "Hinter den Ellern" neighbourhood in Hemelingen district, almost €2m was spent between 2003 and 2005 on the "Mobile" family centre, an attractive meeting place for families with children and for all the other residents of Hemelingen. MORE

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Biological Information Systems (BIBIS)

building

Bremerhaven is increasingly developing into a centre for food technology and biotechnology. One major factor behind this trend is the Bremerhaven Technology Transfer Centre (the ttz Bremerhaven): it currently consists of six highly modern institutes which place their research in the service of science and the specific needs of the regional and supra-regional economy. The latest addition to the research centre is the newly-founded Bremerhaven Institute of Biological Information Systems (BIBIS), which focuses on bioinformatics. MORE

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Suburb marketing for Hemelingen (2003 - 2006)

Regeneration of the suburb, image enhancement, increase in identification
hemelinegn

One priority of the Objective 2 programme is "problem urban areas". The suburb of Hemelingen in Bremen and the suburb of Geestendorf in Bremerhaven have been selected for support under this priority. The intention under the priority is to provide comprehensive support for the selected areas in a similar way to the URBAN Community Initiative. This means that, alongside traditional support for infrastructure, it is also possible to promote projects of a cultural, integrational nature. One of the stated aims for Hemelingen is to develop a new centre. The intention is to comprehensively improve the residential, working and leisure opportunities in the suburb, in order to increase the inhabitants' sense of identification with their suburb. One major project which is designed to accompany, support and co-ordinate the realisation of this goal is the newly established suburb management and marketing for Hemelingen. MORE

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KuBiKo - Culture, education and communication centre

KuBiKo

A new culture, education and communication centre was established in the area around Hemelingen market square from summer 2007 by converting an office building from the late nineteenth century and an old school building. On 10 October 2008, the “KuBiKo” (standing for culture, education and communication centre) opened as a meeting place for old and young, and its comprehensive range of information, advice and support has turned it into a popular address, particularly for families. MORE

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"Schulschiff Deutschland"

Schulschiff Deutschland

After many years as Bremen’s sailor school at Hohentorshafen, the ship was made subject to a preservation order in 1994, becoming Bremen’s first “floating cultural monument”. When it was moved to Bremen-Vegesack, Bremer Vulkan shipyard gave the vessel a thorough overhaul and restored it to how it looked back in 1927 (“White Swan of the Lower Weser”). This was Bremer Vulkan’s last contract – the shipyard was subsequently closed down. MORE

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Wind Energy Agency Bremerhaven/Bremen (WAB)

WAB

The use of wind power is continuously rising, both nationally and internationally. The coming period in Germany will see the replacement of existing wind power plants with more efficient and modern equipment. Since the available sites on land for wind power are limited, the development of offshore sites is an important way forward for the industry. The wind power sector is already an important part of the economy. The establishment of a network of excellence for onshore and offshore wind power will boost Bremerhaven as a base for wind power. MORE

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Programms 1994 - 1999

Höövt harbour

Höövt harbour

In the suburb of Vegesack in the north of Bremen, there is an attractive location in terms of urban planning between the mouth of the Lesum, Vegesack port and the railway station, right by the pedestrian precinct: a site previously used by the Lürssen shipyard which is being redeveloped for a new use. Support from the RENAVAL Community Initiative and Objective 2 (1992/93) was used to fund an international architectural competition and the first site development measures. This resulted in the Höövt Harbour project, an urban planning project focused on services, culture, tourism, leisure, catering and retailing, and subtitled "Waterside Experience". An old port warehouse, which was still on the site and was subject to a preservation order, was included in the overall concept. Remains of the oldest man-made quay wall in Bremen were discovered during the work and were integrated into the project. The planning of the project also included further elements to integrate the site into the centre of Vegesack and to improve the transport links, such as a line of retail outlets to connect the two areas, a maritime area for tourism, the reshaping of the railway station area and transport measures. MORE

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Local Culture - Culture in a Bremen suburb

Local Culture

"Kultur vor Ort" (Local Culture) is a project of the URBAN I Community Initiative set up in 1997 in order to encourage the people of Gröpelingen to identify more with their suburb. The "Kultur vor Ort" concept aims to stimulate economic development in Gröpelingen by improving the area's cultural opportunities. MORE

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Lichthaus

Lichthaus

The building formerly used by the works council of A.G. Weser shipyard became an URBAN 1 project in 1995 (12 years after the yard's closure). Artists had illegally occupied the building and were using it as a venue for events and exhibitions. This use formed the basis for the new concept, which was developed by "Lichthaus e.V." (a registered association of artists) together with Bremische Gesellschaft für Stadterneuerung, Stadtentwicklung und Wohnungsbau mbH. The concept was realised via a public-private partnership which redeveloped the Lichthaus for its new purpose. The name of the Lichthaus (lighthouse) derives from the windows in the roof. MORE

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Reconstruction of an old Hanseatic cog

Hanseatic cog

The Coherence Fund is an attempt to integrate the ERDF regional fund and the ESF social fund more closely. The Coherence Fund aims to provide a direct and mutual complement to ERDF and ESF support and to increase the effectiveness of the spending of both funds, e.g. by backing investment projects with training measures or vice versa. Both of the funds must be involved before any disbursement can be approved. The Coherence Fund has been a firm element of Bremen's Objective 2 support since 1992. MORE

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PFAU - Programme to promote near-application environmental technologies (1994-96)

Windquard

The programme to promote near-application environmental technologies (PFAU) particularly supports small and medium-sized companies as they develop innovative environmental protection technologies. This assistance for innovative commercial projects aims to promote structural change, to modernise production and products, and to improve the regional environmental situation. The support is particularly intended to reduce what is in many cases a high technical and commercial risk for the applicant companies. MORE

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Airport City

Aerial view City Airport

Work began on realising the "Airport 2000" concept in the early 1990s. The "Airport 2000" concept was intended to boost the capacity of the airport and to adapt the overall facility – including its appearance – to future needs. The plans involved remodelling the departure/arrivals terminal, improving the tram link to the airport, building a new hotel (with conference rooms) and a multi-storey car park, as well as the relocation of existing buildings necessitated by this. Also, room for expansion for high-tech commerce close to the airport was to be created. MORE

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Bremerhaven fishing port

fishing port

Bremerhaven's fishing port was established in 1886. Despite its turbulent history, the fishing port is still Europe's main centre for fish processing and production, particularly for frozen foods. The development of the law of the sea and the severe crises in the fisheries sector in the 1970s and 1980s, which resulted in a drastic reduction of the fishing fleet, did not leave Bremerhaven unaffected. MORE

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Schlachte - Bremen- Riverside City: Upgrading Bremen´s old harbour

Schlachte

For over 400 years, the Schlachte was Bremen´s main harbour and the source of income for many hostelries, inns and superior hotels. Only in 1887, when the river Weser was deepened and the new port facilities came into use, did the Schlachte finally cease to be used as a harbour and for handling merchandise. MORE

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Modernisation of the Seaside Zoo

Seaside zoo

Bremerhaven´s Seaside Zoo, which is now over 70 years old, is to have a thorough overhaul. The zoo is to be expanded in three stages at a cost of more than € 20 million and adapted to today´s zoo-keeping standards, and is to form an element of the world of experience offered by the New and Old Harbours. MORE

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The City Port Bremerhaven

Creation of a new Riverside promenade and establishment of a water sports service centre
city port

Following the development of the part of the Geeste riverbank located to the south of the Geeste bridge to open it up for more tourism (North Sea Museum, mooring places for passing boats), the city of Bremerhaven decided to improve the northern part of the riverbank as well. The development area of the northern Geeste riverbank comprised the area between the Geeste riverbank and Deichstrasse. By improving the link to the nearby city centre, the intention was to put the conditions in place for an expansion of interaction and thus also for increased commercial utilisation of the area. In addition, connections were established to the Old and New Harbours. Whilst routes between the rivers Weser and Geeste did already exist, they were not very attractive in urban planning terms, and so they were hardly accepted or used by the people of Bremerhaven. MORE

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The mill on the wall

mill on the wall

The Mill on the Wall was built in 1833 and became the property of the city in 1891. Up until 1947 it was used as a mill for grain, as originally envisaged. The mill is situated on one of the former bastions of the city walls. The idea of converting the mill stems from the mid-1990s and was part of the "Boulevard am Wall" project, set up to enhance Bremen´s city centre. The aim was to develop this little-used but very attractive area of the city centre and to include catering outlets to attract tourists. MORE

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